New to the MVCC library and the internet is The Encyclopedia of Chicago. This reference is the culmination of a ten year project by the Newberry Library and the Chicago Historical Society. You can find The Encyclopedia of Chicago in our library reference section or online, free, at www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org .
From the University of Chicago Press:
“The Encyclopedia of Chicago is one of the most significant historical projects undertaken in the last twenty years, and it has everything in it to engage the most curious historian as well as settle the most boisterous barroom dispute. If you think you know how Chicago got its name, if you have always wondered how the Chicago Fire actually started and how it spread, if you have ever marveled at the Sears Tower or the reversal of the Chicago River–if you have affection, admiration, and appreciation for this City of the Big Shoulders, this Wild Onion, this Urbs in Horto, then The Encyclopedia of Chicago is for you.”